Just a brief thought that arose in answer to an inner question I’ve had off and on for many years.
So, I like to look at Chinese Feng-shui, Lunar Calendar, Birth Charts and their implication. I am a Fire-Pig (I know:), and enjoy seeing that personal aspects assigned to that birth sign are very much in line with my own estimation of my basic character. No, it ain’t all good, but comports and fits. So, obviously that can be a real rabbit-hole one can go down and therein get lost, especially if intending to see about others, or to get “clues”, (re; vis-a-vis, etc:) in relation too.
Now, all of that kind of stuff, no matter what its origin, is not considered as relevant or worth pursuing from a Buddhist training perspective; nevertheless, it does crop up in some cultural and religious practices. Not especially as a part of the general practice, but more a personal adjunct activity.
So, I’ve been musing with that a bit lately and I realized this, almost classically, while doing the dishes. It’s not deep insight, just a good view from Zen as I know it.
I do not need to know what other’s proclivities, shortcomings or strengths may or may not be. If I’m aware of my own motives, follow the basic Precepts and compassionately look within, then chances are pretty good that, in any given situation it is just daily life. Things open, close, drift or stay and they always change.
Something always needs close attention, awareness and more than a tad of control and willingness to be willing, and that Some Thing is me.
The rest of the world will always be what it is.
My response is the only thing I have any degree of control over. If I’m aware of my tendencies and see them as teachers I can learn and then things don’t happen so much, as appear. Not magic, viewpoint and preparation.
If I’m aware of my part in all the stuff that ever supposedly “happened” to me, I can learn.
I’m learning right now. Will I use what I’ve learned, effectively and compassionately?
I have to try. What if I fail, or my attempts aren’t perfect?
Try again! Dang, is it that easy?
Again and again, try.
What if I go SPLAT? One
More time. Again. Stand
Up and Step forward and
Look Up and ask only for
What is good to know?
What is good to do?